Lloyd G. Elliott University Prize Exam

Students are invited to register for the 2022 University Prize exam which will be held on Tuesday, March 8th at 1pm EST.  See registration instructions below.

** NEW **  In order to avoid holding the exam during any Canadian university study week, the exam date has been changed to March 22, 2022 at 1 pm EST.  Registrations can be submitted any time between now and 5 pm EST on Friday, March 18.


The CAP University Prize Examination, normally held in February or March of each year, is a national competition open to students across the country who are studying physics and are enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of the examination. All eligible students are encouraged to participate.

In 2021, the CAP Foundation provided the following prizes*:

  • First prize, the Lloyd G. Elliott Prize – $500
  • Second prize – $300
  • Third prize – $200

Donations to support the work of the CAP Foundation are always welcome and tax receipts are issued.

*Prizes must be claimed within two (2) years of their issuance.

2022 University Prize Exam

The 2022 prize exam will be held on March 8th, 2022(new date: Tuesday, March 22, 2022)

The examination will be held at the following times:

2:30pm – Nfld
2pm – Atlantic
1pm – Eastern
12pm – Central
11am – Mountain
10am – Pacific

The students are allowed three hours to write the exam. This will be an open-book exam.  Calculators are permitted.

Click HERE for Previous CAP University Prize Exams and Results



Registration Process (please ensure this process is completed by 17h00 EST on Friday, March 18th so any problems can be resolved prior to the start of exam, and to guarantee your access to the exam)

  • Send an e-mail to the national coordinator, Christine Kraus, PhD (tine@snolab.ca), copy to programs@ cap.ca asking to be registered for the exam.  Provide your First Name, Last Name, and e-mail that you are using to access Crowdmark.
  • After sending your e-mail, the national coordinator will send you a link to an online document where you will provide the information required for proper follow up after the exam, and will be provided with the rules for participation.   This information will be held in confidence and only used for administration and internal statistics purposes.
  • The national coordinator will register you for the exam (these will be entered once a day with all requests received on Friday, March 18 at 17h00 EST processed that evening).  NOTE:  If you were unable to register prior to deadline and want to participate in the exam, we invite you to contact the national coordinator no later than 10 am EST on the day of the exam and you will be added if possible.
  • You will receive an e-mail from CrowdMark with a link to create your account  (remember to check your spam periodically if the message does not appear in your inbox); if you already have an account, login to make sure your access is working and your information is up to date.
  • This is an open-book exam; there will be 3 hrs available for answering the exam questions.
  • Send an e-mail immediately to tine@snolab.ca if you haven’t received the confirmation e-mail by 9 am EST Tuesday March 22nd, or if you encounter any problems with completing these registration steps.

Exam Day:

  • An hour before the exam start time, please make sure you have paper and pen/pencil handy as well as a means to upload your pages either as a photograph or scanned pdf file.
  • Calculators are also permitted.  Academic integrity rules apply; all responses should be your original work only.
  • Write your name in the top left corner of several of your response pages.  Then add the question number to the sheet as you start each question of the exam.  NOTE:  Each new question MUST be started on a separate sheet of paper.  If you have used more than one page for a question, please also note “page 1 of 2”, “page 2 of 2” beside the question number.
  • Log in to Crowdmark at 12:45 pm EST
  • At 1 pm EST (see schedule below for other time zones) the exam will become available on the site, in both English and French.  Select the language of your choice.
  • You will have 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete the exam AND upload all of your response pages.    Please make sure each page includes your name and the question number at the top of the sheet and, if applicable “page 1 of #”.